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Grace Baldwin

Guest Columnist

Deciding whether or not college is the next step in your life is a big decision for a senior. But once that decision is made, it is often even more difficult and very stressful to decide which college is best suited to you. Luckily, we were given an opportunity on Thursday to visit a college fair hosted at the East Kentucky Expo center. With local and distant colleges, there was a great variety of options that attempted to help students decipher what type of college that’s right for them.

Every senior was given the chance to take advantage of the college fair through a field trip with school busses as our means of transportation. There were numerous colleges that set up booths with information on academics, athletics, admissions, and campus life. The colleges students could converse with were: Alderson Broaddus, Alice Lloyd College, Appalachian School of Law, Asbury University, Berea College, Big Sandy Community & Technical College, Campbellsville University, Cincinnati Christian University, Eastern Kentucky University, Georgetown College, KY College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Lindsey Wilson College, Midway College, Morehead State University, Northern Kentucky University, Ohio State University, Shawnee State University, St. Catherine College, Sullivan University, Transylvania University, Union College, University of Alabama, University of the Cumberlands, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University, and Xavier University. The event was hosted by the University of Pikeville.

Each vendor had a representative that was enthusiastic to share with you the details of their college and help students understand what scholarships they would be eligible for there. This was very useful information because it put into perspective how many costs each individual would be looking at if they chose that school. Also each vendor had a sign or brochures presenting the available areas of study and majors one can obtain at their school. This was useful for students who have already chosen a career path and wish to attend a school that offers the courses they will need for that job.

Although we were only at the fair for the morning portion of the day, we had plenty of time to speak with every school we were interested in. We had the chance to take home informational pamphlets, and were given email addresses and phone numbers to make it easy to contact the admissions offices and look up additional information online. The college fair was a really neat way to explore a lot of options at once and to get a general idea of which type of institution is best for you. If students found on Thursday that they are extremely interested in a particular college, they are encouraged by most colleges to schedule a visit.

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